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The Teaching Excellence Framework - development and implementation post-Higher Education and Research Act

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 0830 - 1300, Central London

This Westminster Forum Project seminar will discuss the possible composition of TEF subject-level pilots, the potential challenges of delivery and its impact on ratings. 

HEFCE Conference 2017

Thursday 12 October 2017, 1030 – 1700, London

The conference is an invitation-only event for heads of higher education providers in England and representatives of HE stakeholder organisations. 

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2017

Thursday 26 October, 1000 - 1300 followed by lunch, London

The meeting offers an opportunity for Chairs of Governing bodies from universities, colleges and higher education providers in the private sector to learn more about recent HEFCE developments, and provides a forum for questions.

Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education Places - briefing event

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 1400 - 1600, HEFCE London Office, 15-17 Furnival Street

The subject of this briefing event is the call for submissions under the expansion of undergraduate medical education to allocate 1,000 additional medical student places.

Next steps for postgraduate taught education: Funding, teaching quality and student experience

9 October, London

This conference will assess the changing landscape of postgraduate education and discuss future priorities for policy. Chris Millward, HEFCE's Director (Policy), will give a keynote address at this Westminster Forum event.

First stage consultation events: developing a feedback survey for taught postgraduates

Thursday 21 September, Bristol
Friday 29 September, Manchester

The four UK HE funding bodies held two events to seek early views from the sector on aspects of a national feedback survey for taught postgraduate students on which we intend to consult formally in early 2018.

HEIFES17 beginners and refresher seminars: HEIFES tables and guidance for 2017-18

28 September, London; 3 October, Bristol; 12 October, Manchester

These seminars are intended for people who will be completing HEIFES17, those responsible for verifying the data, and people looking to gain an understanding of the changes for 2017-18. There is no charge for attending a seminar.

Achieving change through partnership - the National Collaborative Outreach Programme national conference

Monday 18 September 2017, 0930 - 1630, Birmingham

Coming part way through the first year of the programme, the conference will provide a chance for those involved with NCOP at a national and local level to explore what successful change looks like.

HESES17 beginners’ workshop: How to complete HESES tables for 2017-18

13 September, 0930-1600, London

This workshop is a beginners’ session for people who will be completing HESES for the first time in 2017-18, or those who need a back-to-basics introduction. 

Developing student and graduate entrepreneurship

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 0900-1300, Central London

This Westminster Forum Projects conference will focus on how universities can best support students and graduates to start their own businesses and scale them up.

National Student Survey (NSS) data dissemination workshop for alternative providers

Wednesday 7 June 2017

This all-day event was designed to support providers in their use and access of NSS results.  

Catalyst Fund: Addressing barriers to student success programme event

8 May 2017, 1030-1530, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre

This event was the first meeting of the 17 successful projects funded under the Catalyst Fund: Addressing barriers to student success programme.

Women onto Boards receptions

8 May 2017, London; 11 May 2017, Cardiff; 8 June 2017, Belfast; 15 June 2017, Edinburgh; 27 June 2017, Leeds

The Leadership Foundation and Women on Boards UK have organised five national Women onto Boards receptions.

HEFCE training on HE in ILR and Unistats data

4 May, London and 9 May, Manchester

Two events were hosted for college staff, one in London (Thursday 4 May 2016) and one in Manchester (Tuesday 9 May).

Degree Apprenticeships Conference

Thursday 4 May 2017, 0930–1600, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham

This event will provide an opportunity for colleagues to reflect with their peers on some of the emerging questions in the developing area of degree apprenticeships.

Institute of Coding briefing

Monday 24 April 2017, 0930-1300, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS, London

An opportunity to hear from the HEFCE policy team and ask questions about the Institute of Coding competition.

Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers

Monday 24 April 2017, London

The HEFCE Alternative Provider Engagement Team's annual event.

Graduates and the labour market: Improving employability, addressing skills gaps and latest recruitment practices

Thursday 30 March 2017, Central London

This Westminster Forum Projects event will bring out the latest thinking and initiatives to improve graduate employment outcomes.

Next steps for widening participation: Key target groups, reforming admissions processes and best practice in outreach

21 March, London

Sarah Howls, HEFCE's Head of Student Opportunity, is speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

Prevent: The Board's role in providing assurance

16 March 2017, London

This seminar from the Leadership Foundation will support governing bodies in meeting their assurance roles in regards to the Prevent duty. 

Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation webinars

7, 9 and 13 February

A series of webinars on the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

National Collaborative Outreach Programme launch event

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 0930-1545, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham

This event marked the launch of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme.

Annual Provider Review (HEFCE)

Wednesday 18 January, 0930-1500, The Walforf Hilton Hotel, Aldwych, London

The event gave providers more details on the Annual Provider Review (APR) process and other projects supporting the revised operating model.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation events

16 - 27 January, various locations

Events to outline the key questions and proposals of the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice

8 December 2016, British Academy 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London

On 8 December 2016 HEFCE, RCUK and the British Academy held the Interdisciplinary research: Policy and practice conference. The event was attended by researchers, strategic leaders and policy makers.

Prevent seminars for alternative provider governing bodies

7 December and 13 January, London

Half-day seminars to support alternative provider governing bodies to meet the requirements of the Prevent duty. Commissioned by HEFCE and organised by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

New world, new numbers: How university financials are changing, and why

1 December 2016, London

Hosted by The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG), the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom.

The Teaching Excellence Framework: Implications and implementation

Thursday, 24 November 2016, Central London

Chris Millward, HEFCE Director (Policy) will be speaking at this Westminster Forum Projects event.

Widening participation together: Achievements of National Networks for Collaborative Outreach

16 November 2016, 0945–1615, London

A showcase of the key achievements of the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO) scheme.

Prevent seminar for governing bodies

15 November, Birmingham

A half-day seminar to support governing bodies to meet the requirements of the Prevent duty. Commissioned by HEFCE and organised by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

RoATP and ITT in-depth session

11 November, from 1000, Finlaison House, London

For higher education providers planning to submit applications imminently to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) or the Invitation to tender (ITT) for funding to deliver degree apprenticeships to non-levy-paying employers.

HEFCE national conference on learning gain

10 November 2016, 1000-1500, London

The conference was an opportunity for the sector to gain an update on the work on learning gain currently being undertaken by HEFCE, universities and other sector bodies.

Webinars: Invitation to tender (ITT) for funding to deliver degree apprenticeships to non-levy-paying employers

7 November, 1300-1400 and 10 November 1430-1600

A webinar on the invitation to tender for funding to deliver degree apprenticeships to non-levy-paying employers.

Webinars: Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

3 and 7 November, 1000-1100

A webinar to help higher education providers applying to the Skills Funding Agency to deliver degree apprenticeships after May 2017.

Strategic Advisory Committees conference 2016

Monday 14 November, 1000 - 1700.

The ninth conference of HEFCE’s four strategic advisory committees. 

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

Monday 31 October 2016, Central London

Dr Vicky Jones, Senior Policy Advisor in the Research Policy Team at HEFCE, is speaking at this seminar. Organised by Westminster Forum Projects.

How do we widen the take-up of higher education? How data can help do this

28 October 2016, 1015-1500, Southampton Solent University

Sarah Howls, HEFCE's Head of Student Opportunity, will be speaking at this event organised by the Southern Policy Centre.

New Forms of Funding: Considerations for future strategies

Thursday 27 October, 1400-1600, Bristol

New Forms of Funding is a series of free workshops looking at a range of emerging forms of investment funding relevant to local anchor institutions. Organised by HEFCE.

HEFCE annual meeting 2016

Thursday 20 October, 1000 -1300 followed by lunch.

The meeting offers an opportunity for Chairs of Governing bodies to learn more about recent HEFCE developments, and provides a forum for questions.

HEAPES16 beginners and refresher seminar: HEAPES tables and guidance for 2016-17: London

18 October

This seminar was intended for people who would be completing HEAPES16 and those with responsibility for ensuring that the data was verified, and who were looking to gain an understanding of the HEAPES populations. 

HEIFES16 beginners and refresher seminar: HEIFES tables and guidance for 2016-17

27 September, 4 October and 11 October

These seminars were intended for people completing HEIFES16.

New forms of funding: From grants to loans

Wednesday 14 September 2016, 1030-1300, Sheffield Hallam University

New forms of funding is a series of free workshops looking at a range of emerging forms of investment funding relevant to local anchor institutions. Organised by HEFCE.

New Forms of Funding: Integrated finances for strategic infrastructures and sites

Wednesday 7 September 2016, 10:30-13:30, City University London

New Forms of Funding is a series of free workshops looking at a range of emerging forms of investment funding relevant to local anchor institutions. Organised by HEFCE.

HESES16 beginners’ workshop: How to complete your HESES tables for 2016-17

Tuesday 6 September, London, 0930-1600

A workshop for people completing HESES for the first time in 2016-17, or those who need a back-to-basics introduction.

HEFCE annual briefing for alternative providers

Friday 8 July, Central London

This briefing was provided for alternative providers who currently hold institutional or specific course designation.

Priorities for part-time and mature students: outreach, retention and tackling barriers

Wednesday 6 July 2016, Central London

Sarah Howls, HEFCE Head of Student Opportunity, is speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

New Forms of Funding: Making a success of bonds

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10:30-13:30, Leeds University

New Forms of Funding is a series of free workshops looking at a range of emerging forms of investment funding relevant to local anchor institutions. Organised by HEFCE.

The future of funding for teaching event: London

4 July 2016, London

This event is an opportunity for HE providers and other interested parties to engage with HEFCE staff to consider how funding should support teaching in higher education.

An introduction to the Social Enterprise Mark

1 July, 1200-1400, London

An opportunity for higher education providers to learn about the Social Enterprise Mark. 

The changing HE landscape: Opportunities for FE colleges

Thursday 30 June, 9:30, Bristol

This event, organised by HEFCE's Midlands and South Institutional team, drew on sector case studies, panel discussions, and updates from HEFCE staff to inform FE colleges of the changing HE policy landscape

The future of funding for teaching event: Birmingham

27 June 2016, Birmingham

This event is an opportunity for HE providers and other interested parties to engage with HEFCE staff to consider how funding should support teaching in higher education.

Interdisciplinary research: HE sector day

Tuesday 21 June 2016, Bournemouth University

Charlotte Lester, HEFCE Higher Education Policy Adviser, will be speaking at this event run by Bournemouth University.

Localism and higher skills: Opportunities for HE in FE in the North

Wednesday 25 May 2016, Leeds

This event provided a forum for colleges delivering higher education across the North to consider opportunities around higher level skills and the localism agenda.  

National collaborative outreach programme regional meetings

April-May, various venues

This series of meetings across England will discuss the new national collaborative outreach programme with prospective consortia. 

The future of evaluation and evidence across the student lifecycle

25 April 2016, The Wesley, 81-103 Euston Street London, NW1 2EZ

This one-day conference was aimed at senior institutional colleagues with responsibility for evaluating and evidencing student outcomes across the lifecycle and other sector colleagues with an interest in this area.

Collaboration and development opportunities for alternative providers

Thursday 14 April 2016, London

Organised by Alternative Provider Intelligence Unit.

Changing policy landscapes: Opportunities for HE in FE

Thursday 14 April, Central London

This event will provide a forum for attendees to consider the implications and strategic opportunities of a changing HE policy landscape, with a particular focus on HE in FE.

Impact evidence workshop

24 March 2016

A workshop on the collection and use of evidence on research impacts.

Addressing differences in student outcomes: Developing strategic responses

21 March 2016, 10:00 - 15:30, 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London, EC3N 2L

HEFCE hosted a sector conference on 21 March 2016 to explore with universities, colleges and stakeholders, issues relating to differential student outcomes in higher education. 

Next steps for policy on widening participation and the changing shape of higher education admissions

Thursday 10 March 2016, Central London

Sarah Howls, HEFCE's Head of Student Opportunity, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

UK interdisciplinary research landscape workshop

1 March, 1400-1630, Central Manchester

HEFCE is running a workshop to contribute to research it is commissioning with the Medical Research Council exploring the UK interdisciplinary research landscape.

HERBi Launch: a free interactive tool to help higher education institutions understand the costs and benefits of sharing services.

11 February 2016, 1400 - 1600, King’s College London

Nolan Smith, HEFCE Director of Finance and Stephen Butcher, HEFCE Head of Procurement will be speaking at this FXPlus event.

Innovative learning: Driving educational change

8 December, 08:30 - 16:30, Manchester Conference Centre

Charlie Leyland, HEFCE Higher Education Policy Adviser, will be speaking at this event run by Open Forum Events

Engage 2015: Engaging with impact

2-3 December 2015, Bristol

Steven Hill, HEFCE Head of Research Policy, will be speaking at this National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement event.

The future for quality assessment in higher education

Wednesday 25 November 2015, Central London

Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive will be giving a keynote address at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2015

Thursday 12 November, 0930-1300 followed by lunch. No.11 Cavendish Square, London

The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about recent HEFCE developments, and provides a forum for questions. 

Consultation events: changes to the National Student Survey, Unistats and information provided by institutions

9, 12, 17 November. Edinburgh, Cardiff, London

A consultation event on the review of information about higher education, jointly run by the four UK higher education funding bodies.

Enhancing the quality of the student experience

Wednesday 4 November 2015, Central London

Charlie Leyland and Ross Hudson, HEFCE Higher Education Policy Advisers, will be speaking at this Inside Government forum.

Building better research relationships between industry and academia

Tuesday 3 November 2015, Central London

Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE will be delivering a keynote address at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

Social innovation ‘sandpit’: warm-up event

Friday 23 October, Central London

HEFCE and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) held a warm-up event to set out plans for an intensive workshop, or ‘sandpit’, in social innovation to be held in the New Year.

The future for postgraduate taught education

Thursday 22 October 2015, Central London

Dr Pam Macpherson Barrett, HEFCE Higher Education Policy Advisor, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

Strategic advisory committees conference 2015

Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October 2015, Aston University, Birmingham

The eighth conference of HEFCE’s strategic advisory committees.

Improving student experience and applying consumer law - informed choice, value for money and addressing complaints

Thursday 15 October, Central London

Sarbani Banerjee, HEFCE's Senior Policy Adviser in the learning and teaching team, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

2015 TRAC Development Group practitioners conference

14 October, Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

The TRAC Development Group (TDG) conference for TRAC practitioners took place on the 14 October at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

Postgraduate Support Scheme 2014-15 conference

17 September, INOX Dine, University of Sheffield

This event will highlight the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) pilot project findings.

HESES15 beginners / refresher seminar – changes to HESES tables and guidance for 2015-16

Monday 7 September 2015 at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT

Topics included changes to the HESES survey and verification from previous years, examples to illustrate the changes, and an introduction to the updated HESES tables for 2015.

Quality assessment review consultation events

Monday 20 Birmingham, Thursday 23 July London, Thursday 3 September Manchester and Monday 7 September London

These events will provide an opportunity to explore the proposals set out in the consultation on future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Culture, creativity and the academy: Exploring the new normal

Tuesday 14 July 2015, 1000-1800, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court, London EC2Y 9BH

David Sweeney, HEFCE Director, Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, will be speaking at this conference held by The Culture Capital Exchange.

The Metric Tide: Report launch for the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09:00 – 12:30, The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

A half-day event for senior decision makers from across the higher education and research system to debate the review’s findings, and consider how these can be taken forward.

Maximising the role of universities in local economic growth

Tuesday 7 July 2015, Central London

Kevin Richardson, HEFCE Local Growth Expert Adviser, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

Opportunities for further education colleges in higher education (midlands and south)

Monday 6 July 2015, 1000-1530, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham B2 4JQ

This event was designed for further education colleges (FECs) in the Midlands and South region. It looked at opportunities for colleges in higher education after the general election.

Competition and regulation in higher education

Wednesday 1 July 2015, Central London

Heather Fry, HEFCE Director (Regulation and Assurance) will be delivering a keynote address at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

Enhancing UK graduate employability

24 June 2015, Royal College of Surgeons, Central London

Chris Millward, HEFCE Director of Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, will be delivering a keynote address at this Inside Government event.

Technology in higher education - best practice, skills and the student offer

Wednesday 24 June 2015, Central London

Dr Ellie Clewlow, HEFCE Head of Learning and Teaching, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar.

Research and scholarship conference

Wednesday 24 June, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London

John Lea, Director of the HEFCE Catalyst Fund Scholarship Project, will be speaking at this Association of Colleges conference.

Publicly funded colleges orientation event

10 June, Filton Holiday Inn Bristol

This event was designed to help delegates from publicly funded colleges on key regulatory, funding and policy issues for HEFCE-funded colleges. 

Higher level and degree apprenticeships (London and East institutional team event)

Wednesday 3 June 2015, Aldersgate Room, Central Hall Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH.

This event is designed for higher education institutions, further education colleges, and other stakeholders in the London and East region with an interest in higher level and degree apprenticeships.

Developing the higher level vocational education system and the next steps for Higher Apprenticeships

21 May 2015, Central London

Peter Seddon, HEFCE Senior Policy Adviser, Knowledge Exchange & Skills Policy, will speak at this Westminster Employment Forum seminar.

Access and widening participation conference

19 May 2015, The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP

Chris Millward, HEFCE Director (Policy), is speaking at this Association of Colleges and Action on Access event

Quality assessment review plenary session: London

30 March 2015, Woburn House, London

We held a quality assessment review plenary session at which we discussed sector responses to the discussion document and roundtable events. 

The future for open access and the move towards open data

Thursday, 26 March 2015, Central London. This event is CPD certified.

Dr Steven Hill, HEFCE Head of Research Policy, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

Quality assessment review plenary session: York

20 March 2015, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East campus, York University

We are holding a quality assessment review plenary session at which we will discuss sector responses to the discussion document and roundtable events.

Working with schools: Universities sponsoring academies, university technical colleges (UTCs) and free schools

Friday 13 March 2015, Central Hall Westminster, Central London

This event was designed to follow up initial research undertaken by HEFCE into Higher Education Institutions’ relationships with academies, university technical colleges (UTCs) and free schools. 

Learning gain in higher education

9 February, Royal Society, London

A conference with a range of English and international speakers to explore and debate different conceptions and measures of learning gain. Learning gain is the difference between the skills demonstrated by students at two points in time.

HEFCE Annual Conference 2015

4-5 February 2015, Senate House, London

The conference is an invitation-only event for heads of higher education providers in England and representatives of HE stakeholder organisations. 

Higher education and local growth – launch of local profiles data

10 December 2014, 11.00-11.30, webinar

HEFCE is holding a webinar to launch a collection of data on the impact institutions have on their regions and local areas.

HEFCE metrics workshop: metrics and the assessment of research quality and impact in the arts and humanities

Friday 16 January 2015, 1030 to 1630, Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick

A one-day workshop hosted by the University of Warwick, as part of the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.

Metrics for all? Equality and diversity workshop

2 December, 1030-1630, University of Sheffield

A one-day equality and diversity workshop hosted by the University of Sheffield, as part of the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.

Westminster Higher Education Forum: Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

Thursday 23 April 2015, central London

David Sweeney, Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this event.

Westminster Higher Education Forum: Priorities for modern foreign language learning: participation, resources and progression

Wednesday 3 December 2014, central London

Christopher Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this event.

REFlections: Evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and a look to the future

25 March 2015, The Royal Society, London

An invitation-only event. Attendees will hear about a package of evidence on the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

Student success in higher education: HEFCE’s strategy for maximising outcomes for students, the economy and society

8 December 2014, Park Crescent Conference Centre, London

This one-day conference is aimed at delegates with an interest in widening participation and student outcomes.

The future for open access and the move towards open data

Thursday, 26 March 2015, Central London. This event is CPD certified.

This conference is timed to follow the publication of Research Councils UK's review of the impact of Open Access so far, expected in early 2015. The conference will focus on key remaining implementation issues as well as looking forward to next steps for policy, in light of Government's stated aim of adopting an Open Data culture for publicly funded research. 

Westminster Higher Education Forum: Improving financial stability and efficiency in Higher Education - sustainability, alternative revenue streams and lean ways of working

Wednesday 19 November 2014, central London

Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE, will be speaking at this event.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2014

Thursday 16 October, 0930-1300 followed by lunch The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education.

The Higher & Further Education Show 2014

Thursday 16 October 2014, Olympia, London

The Higher & Further Education Show is a free-to-attend event, bringing together 2000 senior-level decision makers from the higher and further education sectors. The day will address the biggest discussions and challenges facing the sectors, ranging from achieving institutional efficiency, procurement, shared services, transformation through IT, student recruitment, internationalisation and more. 

In metrics we trust? Prospects & pitfalls of new research metrics

7 October, University of Sussex

‘In metrics we trust?’ was hosted by Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Review’s Steering Group and Professor of Science & Democracy at SPRU, University of Sussex.

‘HE Cold Spots’– launch of new and highly detailed data maps of higher education provision across English localities

Wednesday 1 October 2014, Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

This event will launch ‘HE Cold Spots’ – new and highly detailed data maps of the provision of higher education across England. Presented visually using accessible maps, this powerful new interactive tool can provide evidence to support the role of HE providers in their localities.

Calls for catalyst funding: information session

Monday 29 September 2014, 1330-1530, HEFCE offices, Finlaison House 15 – 17 Furnival Street, London, EC4A 1AB

This event will provide a brief overview of the call for projects to be funded by HEFCE's Catalyst Fund, followed by a general question and answer session. Regional consultants and policy advisors from the Institutions Directorate will be on hand to discuss initial ideas or further questions.

HEIFES14 beginners / refresher seminars – changes to HEIFES tables and guidance for 2014-15

Monday 29 September in Birmingham, Tuesday 7 October in London, Thursday 16 October in Manchester

These three seminars are intended for people who will be completing HEIFES14 and those with responsibility for ensuring the data have been verified, and who are looking to gain an understanding of the changes for 2014-15. Please note there is no charge for attending a seminar. 

Vitae researcher development international conference 2014

Manchester, Tuesday 09 September - Wednesday 10 September 2014

The established annual Vitae researcher development international conference is the largest dedicated event that brings together all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers.

HESES14 beginners / refresher seminars – overview and guidance on completing the return and verification process

Tuesday 2 September 2014, Park Crescent Conference Centre, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN

Topics will include changes to HESES from previous years, examples to illustrate the changes, and an introduction to the updated HESES tables for 2014.

Westminster Briefing event: Redesigning the HE Information Landscape: Harmonising the Supply & Use of Data

Tuesday 22 July, Westminster, London

A briefing by the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP), which is funded by HEFCE and the other UK higher education funders. 

Science and Innovation Strategy event

Friday 20 June 2014 1000 to 1300, Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3RB

This half-day event follows an invitation sent to institutions asking them to contribute to the Government’s new Science and Innovation Strategy.  

Research and innovation in the UK - funding, commercialisation and infrastructure

Thursday 27 March 2014, Royal Society, London SW1Y 5AG

Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE, will be speaking at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event.

Part-time and mature study - increasing participation and improving retention

Tuesday 25 March 2014, central London

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, will be speaking at this Westminster Briefing event.

Q-Step inaugural event

Monday 17 March, Royal Society, London

Counting them in: quantitative social science and the links between secondary and higher education

Strategic sourcing: new approaches to deliver success

4 February 2014, Universities UK, Woburn House, London

This conference is aimed at people with a responsibility for running, delivering or transforming operational functions and professional services in universities. 

The future of postgraduate taught education

Thursday, 23 January 2014, Central London

Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.

The student academic experience - expectations, engagement and complaint resolution

Thursday, 16 January 2014, Central London

Heather Fry, Director of Participation and Education, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar.

Sustainable development framework consultation

9 January 2014 in Leeds, 30 January 2014 in London

Two events that form part of the consultation on HEFCE’s Sustainable Development Framework, which will run until 7 February 2014.

Developing university links with their local economies following the Witty Review

Tuesday 10 December 2013, central London

Alice Frost, Head of Business and Community, HEFCE, will be one of the keynote speakers at this Westminster Higher Education Forum event. 

Research and open access: improving impact and availability

Wednesday 4 December 2013, central London

David Sweeney, Director for Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE will be speaking at this Westminster Briefing event.

Enhancing the student experience: improving teaching, services and support

Wednesday 27 November 2013, central London

Heather Fry, Director of Education, Participation and Students at HEFCE will be speaking at this westminster briefing event. 

Understanding metrics for institutional sustainability

Leadership Foundation and FSSG Conference on 21 November, Central London

The institutional sustainability agenda, developed by the Financial and Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG), will play a role in the Government’s new regulatory framework for higher education. The sector will probably implement it as an example of ‘voluntary self-regulation’ that will be put into practice in the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) Code of Governance.  

Consultation on revision to the financial memorandum from 2014-15

Two events in Manchester on 1 November 2013 and London on 18 November 2013

These two events are part of the consultation on revisions to HEFCE’s financial memorandum with institutions.  The consultation will run until 6 December 2013.  The new financial memorandum will then take effect from 1 August 2014.

UK universities and research competitiveness: the future for UK research policy and funding

Thursday 14 November 2013, The Royal Society, London

David Sweeney, HEFCE Director of Research, Innovation & Skills, will be speaking at this HEPI event.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2013

Friday 8 November, 0930-1300 followed by lunch

Our half-day Annual Meeting was held at the Park Crescent Conference Centre in Great Portland Street, London. The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education. 

Implementing the national access strategy: charting the future direction of widening access

Thursday 7 November, central London

Sarah Howls, Head of Student Opportunity, HEFCE, will address this Westminster Briefing conference.

Improving graduate employability

Thursday, 7 November 2013, Central London

Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.

Student number controls: adapting to an increasingly flexible, diverse and competitive sector

Thursday, 24 October, central London

Jess Trahar, Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE, will speak at this westminster briefing event.

HEFCE workshop for new-entrant publicly-funded providers of higher education 2014-15

17 October 2013, the Future Inn, Bristol

We will be directly funding new publicly-funded providers of higher education from 2014-15. We invited applications from providers to join the HEFCE-funded sector from 2014-15 as the Government has changed regulations on access to student support. From 2014-15, only publicly-funded providers that are in a funding relationship with HEFCE will continue to be automatically designated for student support.

The social impact of research

Thursday, 10th October 2013, Central London

Social and cultural impacts have now been added, alongside economic criteria, as major factors in allocating research grants for UK higher education institutions (HEIs) under the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the new system for assessing the quality of HEI research due for completion next year. This Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar focuses on the challenges, opportunities and implications resulting from their inclusion.

TRAC Development Group practitioners conference

7 October 2013, Central London

The TRAC Development group (TDG) conference for TRAC practitioners took place on the 7 October at Plaisterers Hall, London

Open access consultation events for higher education institutions

Events in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh on the proposals set out in the consultation on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework.

In July 2013 HEFCE, on behalf of all four UK higher education funding bodies, issued a consultation on open access in the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). These events outlined the proposals and provided an opportunity for institutions to raise any issues for clarification and discussion. 

Shared services in higher education

Wednesday 18 September, Central London

Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Services, HEFCE, will be speaking at this westminster briefing event.

Workshop on applying for specific-course designation for alternative providers

4 September 2013, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

The Government has introduced a new system to designate specific courses at alternative providers. Designation of a course allows eligible English-domiciled students on that course to access loans and grants from the Student Loans Company (SLC).

UNLTD HE support programme national conference

17 July 2013, Senate House, London

The UNLTD ‘Lead the change’ HE support programme national conference will showcase much of the learning from a year of exceptional work for social ventures supported by higher education.

Shared services to enhance the student experience

3 July 2013, Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

This is a lunchtime question and answer panel debate, also webcast live via the Efficiency Exchange. The event will take place between 1230 and 1415. 

Barriers to postgraduate study: Perspectives of students and supervisors

Monday 17 June, Bristol

All UK universities offering postgraduate programmes value postgraduate students for their contribution to the intellectual and cultural capital of the institutions and postgraduates are an essential part of the global workforce and the economy. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult for universities to recruit to both taught and research postgraduate degrees and current statistics show that applications for postgraduate study in the UK have decreased.

This workshop, jointly hosted by HEFCE and UKCGE, will explore barriers to postgraduate study from different perspectives.

Student number controls: consultation on arrangements for 2014-15 onwards

Two consultation events on 20 and 30 May 2013 for relevant stakeholders

In May 2013, HEFCE published a consultation on the future operation of student number control flexibility from 2014-15 onwards, the entry of new publicly-funded providers of higher education into the student number control system, and changes to the high-grades policy to exempt a limited number of combinations of qualification types from the student number control.

Training workshops on the DLHE survey for further education colleges

Two summer workshops in Manchester and London on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

In November 2012, HEFCE outlined planned policy changes to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. These regional workshops aimed to support further education colleges (FECs) through the policy changes.

Higher education finances - TRAC reporting, shared services and diversifying income streams

Wednesday, 15 May 2013, Central London

At a time of immense change to the financing of the HE sector, delegates at this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar will look at changes to the regulation and reporting of university finances, the introduction of shared services and improving budget efficiency, and steps to increase alternative streams of income, particularly through philanthropy.

Understanding and implementing the higher education public information and external quality assurance agenda

Two workshop-based events on 7 and 24 May 2013 for further education colleges

Organised by HEFCE, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Association of Colleges (AoC), these events aim to inform the further education sector about the current public-information agenda and the development of the QAA Quality Code. 

HEFCE Annual Conference 2013

Thursday 18 April 2013, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

HEFCE’s Annual Conference was held at Imperial College London on Thursday 18 April 2013. It offered a forum for topical debate on issues of concern to the sector.

Student and graduate entrepreneurship in colleges and universities

Wednesday, 20 March 2013, London

This Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar will focus on how universities and colleges can encourage more students and graduates to start their own business.

To the academy and beyond: religious literacy in contemporary society

Tuesday 22 January 2013, Central London

A free conference to highlight the lessons learned from two projects on religious literacy in higher education, funded by HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management Fund, with an additional focus on how these can be applied beyond ‘the Academy’.

HEaTED conference

9 January 2013, The National Science Learning Centre, York YO10 5DD

The 2013 HEaTED conference is intended for technical staff, technical managers, allied specialists, and staff development colleagues. It aims to provide them with motivation and ideas about how they can work together to develop the technical workforce in an ever-changing higher education environment.

Widening participation 2012 and beyond: tools and resources for the new higher education context

18 December 2012, Clement House, London School of Economics, London, WC2 B4JF

This is a joint event between the Higher Education Academy and HEFCE to discuss the continuing challenges to access, widening participation, retention and success.

The way forward for STEM subjects in higher education

6 December 2012, Central London

Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.

Fair access and widening participation in England's universities - next steps for policy

26 November 2012, Central London

Sarah Howls, HEFCE’s Head of Student Opportunity, will be speaking at this seminar.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2012

22 November 0930-1300 followed by lunch, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London

Our half-day Annual Meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education.

Redesigning the higher education and information landscape

Wednesday 21 November 2012, Aldersgate Room Central Hall Westminster Storey’s Gate London SW1H 9NH

This meeting is one of the first steps in bringing together key stakeholders to take forward the recommendations of the Regulatory Partnership Group (RPG) in its vision to develop a governance framework for data exchange across the higher education sector.

Innovation and transformation in HE: Unlocking learning

13-14 November 2012, Prospero House, Central London

This conference provides an opportunity to take stock of progress on the efficiencies and transformation agenda.  It will discuss the projects now going forward under the Innovation and Transformation Fund and to share learning across professional groups in the HE sector.  

Using the Widening Participation Toolkits

Four events on 12, 16, 21 and 22 November

NEON (the National Education Opportunities Network) are running four 'Supporting Practice' events in Autumn 2012 on the new widening participation toolkits.

HEFCE Review of TRAC (Transparent Approach to Costing)

Two consultation events: 8 November 2012 at University of London Union, and 16 November 2012 at University of Birmingham

On 25 October we published a report and consultation on proposals for streamlining TRAC (Transparent Approach to Costing) requirements and promoting greater transparency on the use of public funds and to help inform the choices of prospective students.

The future for postgraduate education

17 October 2012, Central London

Chris Millward, Associate Director, HEFCE, will be speaking at this seminar.

The future of shared services in higher education

25 September 2012, Westminster, London

Steve Butcher, HEFCE's head of procurement, will be speaking at this policy and practice briefing on shared services.

Institution-specific funding seminar

Wednesday 1 August 2012, 1100-1400, Northavon House Bristol BS16 1QD

For institutions that are considering making a submission for institution-specific funding (HEFCE 2012/16).

Advanced HESES12 & HEIFES12 seminar – changes to HESES and HEIFES tables and guidance for 2012-13

Wednesday 18 July 2012, 1000-1600, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham

HEFCE Advanced seminar on the 2012-13 Higher Education Students Early Statistics (HESES12) Survey and Higher Education in Further Education: Students (HEIFES12) Survey.

A risk-based approach to quality assurance in higher education in England: sector consultation events

Two consultation events were held on 18 June 2012 at Regents College, London, and on 21 June 2012, at Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham.

We are currently consulting on the development of a more risk-based approach to the quality assurance system for higher education in England from 2013-14. These events gave stakeholders a chance to discuss the proposals set out in the consultation with staff from HEFCE, the QAA and each other. 

Employer engagement in HE: Building for the Future

14 June, 2012, The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester

The Higher Education Academy is presenting this one day conference on behalf of HEFCE.

Distinct 2012 Conference

Tuesday 12 June 2012 at No.11 Cavendish Square, London W1G OAN

A senior-level event to share best practice on developing institutional distinctiveness.

HEFCE Annual Conference 2012

Wednesday 18 April 2012 at the Royal College of Music, Kensington, London SW7 2BS

HEFCE's annual conference took place in London and was attended by heads of many of the HEFCE-funded higher education institutions as well as leaders of partner organisations.

AoC annual HE in FE conference

Thursday 29 March 2012, Holiday Inn, Kings Cross London

This well established one-day conference will explore the significant changes higher education (HE) is undergoing, particularly the challenges faced by Colleges as they seek to ensure more people can benefit from local, flexible and affordable HE.

Future Proofing Higher Education. Leading Transformational Change

Wednesday 25 January 2012, venue tba

A joint conference organised by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and HEFCE.

Creating value: Delivering more with less in higher education

Thursday 5 January 2012, 0900-1530 at the University of Exeter

This conference is aimed at managers in university professional services.

Public information about higher education - consultation events

18 February 2011

18 February 2011, 1000-1615, Central London; 3 March 2011, 1000-1615, Birmingham

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2011

Wednesday 9 November 2011 at Brunei Gallery, London

Opportunity, choice and excellence in higher education: review of 2011 and the challenges for 2012

HEFCE Annual Conference 2011

06 April 2011

Achieving excellence in a new world

Prevent Annual Report Surgeries

Monday 25 September, Finlaison House, London
Wednesday 4 October, Holiday Inn, Manchester City Centre
Monday 9 October, Finlaison House, London

This series of events are intended for HE Providers to receive further advice and guidance ahead of the 1st December annual report submissions.

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